National Sample from the 1881 Censuses of Great Britain


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.This computerised transcription of the census enumerators' books for the 1881 Census for England, Scotland and Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man is a by-product of a project to create a microfiche index of the population of Great Britain for genealogists. Covering the entire enumerated population of England, Scotland and Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in 1881, it is the largest collection of historical source material to be made available in computerised form. The data consists of the name, address, relationship to the head of household, marital status, age, occupation and birthplace of some 26 million individuals, together with information about disabilities. In 1999 the Genealogical Society of Utah published a version of this computerised transcription as a CD-ROM product suitable for genealogical research (Genealogical Society of Utah (1999) 1881 British census and national index. [25 CDs]. Salt Lake City, Utah: GSU). This study is an enriched version of these data.

The sample is a 5 per cent random sample of the parishes of Great Britain. The sample was chosen in the simplest manner possible. A list of all the parishes in England, Wales, Scotland and the Islands in the British Seas was created; using a random number generator in Microsoft Excel, a random number between zero and one was allocated to each parish. All those less than or equal to 0.05 were selected for the sample. The records relating to the individuals in each of these parishes were then extracted from the data and combined in a database. Tables B1 and B3 in Appendix B of the documentation list the 716 parishes in the sample.

Main Topics: Main variables PRO reference; piece number; folio number; page number; county; parish; address; surname; first name; relationship to head of household; marital status; gender; age; occupation; place of birth; disabilities.

Simple random sample

5% random sample.

Transcription of existing materials

Metadata Access
Creator Schurer, K., Local Population Studies; Woollard, M., University of Essex, Department of History
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 2003
Funding Reference Leverhulme Trust; Economic and Social Research Council; University of Essex, Research Promotion Fund
Rights <a href="" target="_blank">© Crown copyright</a> held jointly with the Genealogical Society of Utah and the University of Essex; <p>The Data Collection is available to UK Data Service registered users subject to the <a href="" target="_blank">End User Licence Agreement</a>.</p><p>Commercial use of the data requires approval from the data owner or their nominee. The UK Data Service will contact you.</p>
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Text; Numeric
Discipline History; Humanities
Spatial Coverage Channel Islands; England and Wales; Isle of Man; Scotland